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chin /tʃɪn/USA pronunciation
n., v., chinned, chin•ning. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the lowest part of the face, below the mouth:He cut his chin shaving.
- [~ + oneself ( + up)] to grasp an overhead bar and pull (oneself) upward until the chin is above or level with the bar.
- Idiomskeep one's chin up, to maintain one's courage.
(chin), n., v., chinned, chin•ning.
- the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
- the prominence of the lower jaw.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]chin-up.
- Idiomskeep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc. Also,chin up.
take it on the chin, [Informal.]
- to suffer defeat;
- to endure suffering or punishment.
- to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
[Archaic.]to talk to;
- to raise (oneself ) to this position.
- Sport[Gymnastics.]to chin oneself.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]to talk;
chatter:We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
Ancient History, World HistoryAlso,Tsin. any of three dynasties that ruled in China, a.d. 265–316 (the Western Chin), a.d. 317–420 (the Eastern Chin), and a.d. 936–46 (the Later Chin).
Ancient History, World Historya dynasty that ruled in China 1115–1234.Also,Jin.
(chin; Chin. chēn), n.
Old English cin(n);
cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw
- Music and Dancea Chinese zither consisting of an oblong, slightly curved wooden box over which are stretched strings that are stopped with one hand and plucked with the other.
Etymology: Chinese (Wade-Giles) ch'in2, (Pinyin) qín
(chin; Chin. chēn), n.
- Ancient History, World Historya dynasty in ancient China, 221–206 b.c., marked by the emergence of a unified empire and the construction of much of the Great Wall of China.
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chin /tʃɪn/ n
vb (chins, chinning, chinned)
- the protruding part of the lower jaw
- the front part of the face below the lips
- keep one's chin up ⇒ to keep cheerful under difficult circumstances
Sometimes shortened to: chin up!
- take it on the chin ⇒ informal to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
Etymology: Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu
- to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
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